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Publisher, LARA BELL Do you have a favorite season? Mine has to be fall. The humidity drops a little, football is in full swing – whether it’s the Texans, high school or in my case, flag football for my six-year-old – so don’t miss Stephenie Cox’s article on tailgating ideas. She dug up some good ones! As school started several weeks ago, Jennifer Elliott went to Spring Branch Superintendent Dr. Duncan Klaussman to answer some tough questions, and when we say tough, we mean it! The questions came from students age 6 through 16. Just shows how insightful and how darn cute kids really are. It’s also the kick off to Houston’s social season. I come from a long line of volunteers and philanthropists so it was ingrained in Co-Chairs Roseann Rogers and Lara Bellme at an early age the importance of giving Milam posing with Las Vegas Showgirl at the back, getting involved and making a differMuseum of Health Science Gala. ence. In this issue, we take a look inside one of Houston’s most well- known philanthropists Becca Cason Thrash. I’ve known Becca for fifteen years, and each year, she outdoes herself with her generosity, energy and outright philanthropic endeavors. Finally, we would like to welcome Jan Glenn to our absolutely! Memorial team. Jan is known throughout Houston as the former co-host of Good Morning Houston, and she lives in the Energy Corridor area of Memorial. Each month as she received the magazine, she would call me and wonder why we didn’t have a pet section because Memorial folks love their pets! I agreed and recruited her. So, please welcome Jan when you see her out and about in our neighborhoods. As the new school year begins, so do new beginnings, new shoes and school clothes, new haircuts and most importantly, new friendships. Enjoy and embrace! Absolutely yours,

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hat do you get when you cross a dynamic personality, a creative mind and a philanthropic heart? Becca Cason Thrash. Those who have not heard of this stunning Memorialite must not read the society pages.


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Becca Cason Thrash John and Becca Thrash at the Houston Opera Ball last spring.


Born in Harlingen, Texas, Becca was a go-getter from the start and bound for success in the public relations arena. After a stint as Fashion Editor at Vogue en EspaĂąol, she came to Houston in the 1980s where she and her then business


partner, Holly Moore, created Cason and Moore Public Relations. In 1991, Becca and Holly saw Houston was lacking a monthly publication that focused on lifestyle, fashion and event coverage, so they created the successful PaperCity maga-

zine. While building the magazine, Becca met her husband, energy magnate John Thrash, at a mutual friend’s dinner, and they married in 1996. Less than a year later, Becca sold her half of PaperCity to Holly and began to focus her time and energy on philanthropy. Known to have the Midas touch, Becca has chaired everything from the Houston Ballet Ball to the Contemporary Arts Museum Gala and has served at the helm leading events for Houston Grand Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts and Best Buddies to name but a few. A meeting in 2003 further propelled Becca onto the international scene showcasing her fundraising abilities and talents. Musée du Louvre President and Director Henri Loyrette asked Christopher (Kip) Forbes to help him create an organization to be called American and International Friends of the Louvre. Kip turned to Becca, his longtime friend, and asked if she would join the board. They sat on many national boards together, and he knew of her ability to not only raise money but to create outstanding events. “I am a Francophile in the extreme and had already spent a tremendous amount of time in Paris,” noted Becca. “Joining the Louvre’s International Board seemed like such a natural fit.” In 2004, one of Becca’s first tasks was organizing a fundraiser in her expansive Memorial home to benefit the restoration of the Museum’s 18th century decorative arts galleries, where an astonishing half a million dollars was raised. At that event, such notables as Charlie Rose, Princess Napoléon and the Musée du Louvre’s Henri Loyrette were in at-

Becca with George Clooney at a dinner in his honor at her home in May.

tendance. Impressed by the elegance and success of the party, Loyrette asked Becca if she would consider organizing an event within the vaulted walls of the Louvre in Paris. “The Louvre is arguably the most important museum in the world, so I was obviously flattered and thrilled to undertake the task of organizing the first ever fundraising gala there.” Let us back up, however, to Becca’s home in Memorial. John had purchased three connected lots in Memorial before he and Becca had met and married, and he had already embarked on designing and building his dream home on 5+ acres right on the bayou. “John designed the ‘East

Prince Albert with Becca at her fundraiser for the Louvre last summer.

meets West’ style of architecture, and it was stunning,” said Becca. Well before the 2004 event for the Louvre and after, countless fundraising events have been held in the Cason Thrash home. “I never dreamed the house would be pushed into public service until Becca began utilizing our home for the good of so many worthwhile organizations,” John said with pride. In 2008, Becca created Liaisons au Louvre (LAL), a three day event in Paris which culminated with le Grand Nuit in the museum. She convinced rock legends Duran Duran to perform under the iconic glass pyramid and at evening’s end, $2.7 million was raised for the museum. Last year she hosted the second LAL gala in Paris, and the great Janet Jackson put on

Prince Charles and Becca share a laugh together at Balmoral, the Queen’s private estate.

a riveting show. The event raised an astounding $3.5 million. Now Becca is hard at work on the third gala at the Louvre, dubbed “LAL Trois,” which is slated for next summer. “More Americans visit the Louvre annually than any other museum in the United States except for the Met in New York,” said Becca matter-of-factly. “Our work for the museum is necessary and vital.” Last spring, Becca was knighted Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Paris where she joined the company of Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong and Alexander Graham Bell. At the ceremony, surrounded by 60 friends such as Maryvonne and François Pinault, Christian Louboutin, Luziah Hennessy, Hubert and Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, American Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin, Kip Forbes, and her beloved husband John, Becca delivered her touching acceptance speech in French. In fact, Becca speaks four languages; however, she says modestly, “Oh, I can get by in four but am not fluent.” So if you are ever driving down Memorial Drive and see a caravan of cars or a presidential motorcade, it is more than likely Prince Albert, President Obama, George Clooney, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, Duran Duran, Willie Nelson or Marc Anthony en route to Becca’s home as all have either performed or been guests. Becca has raised an estimated $40 million worldwide for countless nonprofits over the last sixteen years so whether Becca is opening her home and heart for the Bayou City or abroad, this is one Memorial lady to keep your eye on. l SEPTEMBER 2012


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Chance Meeting Brings Opportunity to the Memorial Community It is always a great story when chance meetings turn out to bring opportunity. This is what happened one afternoon when two Memorial area stay-at-home moms introduced themselves to each other at the Town and Country Berripop two summers ago. Their sons had made friends in their summer camp at the Yellow School, and when they struck up a conversation over one of their son’s tshirts, they had no idea what they would be doing together two summers later. Fast forward to today, Jodie Corson and Ali Williams have just acquired the Central Houston franchise of Just Between Friends (JBF), the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event. JBF offers Memorial area moms the opportunity to sell their out-

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Shear Blessings Feeds Blackshear Elementary Students Holy Spirit Episcopal Church and School are excited to partner with Blessings in a Backpack (, a national nonprofit that works to provide weekend meals for children in need. This new local ministry, Shear Blessings in a Backpack, will provide weekend meals to students attending Blackshear Elementary. The attendance boundaries of Blackshear, situated in Houston’s Third Ward, are almost entirely located in a food desert where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain due to lack of resources, lack of supermarkets and lack of transportation. The children at Blackshear rely on breakfast and lunch while at school, but often go without food on the weekends. Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (MDUMC) designated Shear Blessings as their outreach ministry during their “Totally Transformed” Vaca-


tion Bible School held July 16-20th. Families attending collected and donated over 650 bags of non-perishable food. As part of the “Transformation” theme, children presented an art show depicting images of hunger as contrasted with sharing. By partnering together, MDUMC and Shear Blessings is transforming the face of childhood hunger in Houston. Anyone interested in helping secure food, sort food, stuff backpacks, deliver backpacks, or donate specific non-perishables may contact Melissa or Kevin Peter at shearblessings80@ Donations of $80 will feed one child for the 38 weeks of school and can be sent to: Blessings in a Backpack Bank Lockbox; Acct. Blackshear Elementary; P.O. Box 950291; Louisville, KY 40295. “Like” us on Facebook at “Shear Blessings in a Backpack” to follow our progress! NEWSWORTHY continued on page 22

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Back to School Quiz with SBISD’s Dr. Duncan Klussmann By Jennifer Elliott


ids from Spring Branch Independent School District returned to school this month and came up with some questions they wanted to ask Superintendent Dr. Duncan Klussmann. Here are his A+ answers: When will the new Frostwood Elementary School be completed? Courtney Frostwood Elementary, 3rd grade Why did you have to tear down our school? Ashleigh Frostwood Elementary, 5th grade Before a new bond election was held in Spring Branch several years ago, a Long Range Facilities Plan Committee reviewed and analyzed all the building needs in Spring Branch ISD. That district-wide group rated each school building by its particular level of repair and replacement need. The analysis found that it would cost more to renovate and repair Frostwood than to rebuild it. That’s why the old building was taken down recently. During the next year and a half, a two-story Frostwood Elementary School will be built on Memorial Drive. We think that you’ll find this new school to be an amazing place to learn.

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Why do third-graders have to take the STAAR Test this year? Will the STAAR test count this year? Juliette Wilchester Elementary, 3rd grade For those of you with older brothers and sisters, the State of Texas required them to take a test known as the TAKS. Those initials stood for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. The STAAR test is the newer version of the TAKS. STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. This new test for all students in Grades 3 through 8 is required by the State of Texas. In Grade 3, students will be tested in Read-

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ing and Math like they were with the TAKS. We believe that if you work hard in class, then you’ll pass the new STAAR with no trouble. Why do we have homework? Elizabeth Bunker Hill Elementary, 3rd grade Your teacher assigns homework to increase your learning and achievement. Homework should be an opportunity to practice skills and enrich learning. It is an important part of the learning process.

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Is it hard to be Superintendent of schools and to be in charge of so many schools? What is the hardest part of being Superintendent? Luke Memorial Drive Elementary, 3rd grade The greatest part of being Superintendent of schools happens each May at graduation ceremonies when thousands of SBISD students earn their diplomas. Students like you graduate every year and attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation, join the military, or pursue high-level technical careers. One of the hardest parts of my job is learning that not enough SBISD students are graduating with a focused plan for their futures. Our five-year plan calls for our schools to double the number of students completing a technical certificate, two-year degree or fouryear degree. We are calling this ambitious goal Spring Branch T-2-4. The T-2-4 stands for technical, 2-year and 4-year degrees. We really want you to be successful in life!

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Are you married? Canon Spring Forest Middle, 6th grade Do you have any children? Megan Nottingham Elementary, 2nd grade My wife, Marissa, and I are proud parents of three children. Cameron,

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our oldest, is now a junior at the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from Northbrook High School. His brother, Will, is beginning his junior year at Stratford High School. Caroline, who is our youngest, will be an eighth-grader at Spring Oaks Middle School this fall. Why do we have to start school so early in the day? Julia Bunker Hill Elementary, 3rd grade In Spring Branch ISD, most elementary schools begin at 7:30 or 8 a.m. Most middle schools begin at 8:30 a.m., and high schools start at 7:50 a.m. One of the reasons that your school begins its day at the time it does depends on bus transportation. To get more than 33,000 students bused every day to all of our elementary, middle and high schools on time, the Transportation Department must create schedules so that buses can run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

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Will every student have a laptop computer one day? Will Bunker Hill Elementary, 5th grade I’m sure that every student will have a mobile device of one kind or another one day, but we don’t know exactly when that day will be yet. When we return to school in August, each regular classroom in grades 1-12 will have four iPads and four netbooks to begin the new school year, in addition to other digital equipment.

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What does it feel like to be the boss of all the teachers? Jordan Frostwood Elementary, 2nd grade First of all, I do not think of myself as a boss. I have always thought of myself as a teacher. Spring Branch is special because of the work that our teachers do each and every day in classrooms.

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Congratulations to these students of SBISD who received a scholarship from the Assistance League of Houston. These seniors have demonstrated scholarship achievements, and they will be attending Texas colleges. The total scholarship money given to SBISD students was $25,000. Pictured are Assistance League Scholarship recipients Pablo Portillo, Paula Martinez, Huy Vu, Mary Vo, Jessica Jones, Lupita Herrera, Sally Fox, Margaret Tran, Sazan Ibrahim and Kelsey Cadavid.

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Houston Junior Woman’s Club is holding its 29th annual Holiday Happening fundraising luncheon and style show on October 29th at 10 am at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. Current Holiday Happening For Love of a Child Chair Marjanne Gillick (Memorial) with Mary Ellen Verbois (Bellaire), chair of last year’s successful Holiday Happening Light Up a Child’s Life fundraiser that supported Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, Houston’s Ronald McDonald House, the Bayou Bend Collection, Gardens of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and many other children’s charities.


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Since it’s beginning in 1948, Gorman’s Pick-Up and Delivery Service.” The great Cleaners has been a staple in Houston. It all thing about this new service is that it’s fast, began when Billy Gorman served in World easy and free! War II where he was first introduced to the In addition to all of the traditional cleanconvenience of laundered uniforms. He ing services, Gorman’s Cleaners also offers originally began a business delivering ice special services such as alterations and blocks to his neighbors in the small Texas repairs by on-site tailors, heirlooming and town of Addicks until he was drafted into preservation for that special wedding dress service. or gown, plus wash and fold services that Returning home, Billy took that convetake care of everything from A to Z. The Todd Gorman nience of the cleaning idea he was introbest part: all of Gorman’s Cleaners’ serduced to in Brussels and started Gorman’s Community Cleaners. vices are now available through the free Concierge program. “We He wanted to once again serve his neighbors. Over the years, his are always moving forward, but we also keep in mind our roots vision helped create one of Houston’s premiere luxury dry cleanthat began over 60 years ago from my grandfather’s dream,” said ers. As Houston grew from a small town to a major city, that honGorman. Gorman’s Cleaners stand behind everything they do; est work for an honest price work ethic never left Billy. Even after you can even say they are your clothes’ best friend since 1948. Billy’s death in 1996, the Gorman family has maintained the same Check out Gorman’s Cleaners located at 8901 Katy Freeway values when it comes to serving their community. “We are always or visit them at for more details about exploring new ways to serve our customers,” said Todd Gorman. all of the services they provide. For discount offers and other “In fact, we have just introduced a new time-saving Concierge specials, “like” them on Facebook or call 713-468-4333.

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So how did two ladies end up owning a car repair shop? Linda Elliott, a non-profit executive at the Zina Garrison Academy, and her best friend Nancy Lerner, a community philanthropist and former IBM marketing rep, made a decision to find a prosperous, challenging and dynamic business to run in the Memorial area. Memorial is where they lived, played tennis and raised their children. Both women believed they could make it work if they found the right environment. David Lerner, Nancy’s son, attended the Briarwood School in Houston and was struggling to find a position where he could prosper and thrive at his own pace. Nancy and Linda found the perfect place at 14715 Memorial Drive just off Memorial and Dairy Ashford. After celebrating one year in business on June 15th, the duo have already made an impact on the surrounding community with a commitment to excellence and a desire to improve customer service. “We have great auto techs, a super service team and we absolutely love being in this business,” commented Linda and Nancy. Nancy is the financial guru of the duo while Linda still runs her non-profit and drives customers to work or home. Two best friends, one heartfelt reason and tremendous support from family and friends make one amazing workplace. Memorial Drive Tire & Auto is the old name. Nancy and Linda are inviting you to help them decide on a new name that reflects not only what they do, but also more importantly, who they are. So stop by 14715 Memorial Drive or visit to suggest a name, and find out why Nancy and Linda are so happy to serve the Memorial community.

High School HOT SHOT By Stephanie Valtasros

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his is an exciting time of the year for high school football fans. This month, the spotlight shines on Stratford High School football player Jordan Bernstein. Not only does he play cornerback for the Spartans, but he is also at the top of his class. Spartans’ Head Football Coach Eliot Allen says, “Jordan is the player to watch this season. Last season, he earned an all-district honor which is not very common in a student’s junior year.” Jordan has been playing football since he was sixyears-old but is not sure if he will continue once in college. He might just focus on his studies seeing as he is getting letters from Ivy League schools asking him to take a look at their school for next year. He has not made up his mind on where he will end up but is considering the University of Texas Business Honors program. For now, you can see Jordan on the field in his fourth and last season with the Spartans. Good luck to Jordan and the Stratford Spartans this season!


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Mehrnaz Gill’s The Yellow Butterfly



’ve always said someIn the book, yelday I’m going to write low butterflies are a book and donate all “wishes with wings.” What is of the proceeds to charity, your biggest wish? so when Tanglewood resiMy two biggest dent Mehrnaz Gill wrote a wishes are for my book called The Yellow Butchildren to grow up valuing the terfly about a magical yellow real things in life – family and butterfly that grants wishes, I true friendships – and to make wanted to see what inspires a real difference in people’s lives Mehrnaz Gill Mehrnaz. So, this month we by developing intergenerational are going inside Mehrnaz’s creative mind. programs that serve children and older adults. Why did you decide to write a children’s book? You volunteer with many I wrote The Yellow Butterfly non profits but helping in memory of my late father. the elderly is something dear to you. He was quite passionate about children’s Why? causes so I decided to write a book benI was always very close to my efiting various children’s charities. This grandparents, especially my was my way of honoring his memory and maternal grandmother. She developed Alcontinuing his legacy of giving. Texas Chilzheimer’s when I was in high school and dren’s Hospital was the recipient of all of lived with us for ten years while battling the proceeds from my first two book signthis devastating disease. I studied Gerings. I have also donated a portion of the ontology so I could better understand the proceeds to several other worthy organiaging process and help the elderly. zations including The Children’s Assessment Center and The Houston Hospice Any more books on the hoButterfly Program. rizon because my wish is that the next one is on its way? How did you come up with My hope is to enrich chilthe The Yellow Butterfly? dren’s minds and souls After losing my father, I made through the Magical Yellow Butterfly book a simple wish which came true series. Since the publication of my first by the presence of a beautiful yellow butbook, children have been e-mailing me terfly. Now, whenever I see yellow buttertheir wishes, and I will be using some of flies, I’m reminded that we never truly lose these wishes in my upcoming books. The the people we love. They are always with second book in the series is almost finus; we just need to look for signs. The yelished. It’s an inspirational story of two sets low butterfly in the story brings my late faof siblings living on opposites sides of the ther’s positive attitude and love to children world whose lives will change dramatically everywhere who need the powerful magic through the powerful magic of heartfelt of heartfelt wishes. Now, whenever they wishes. see a yellow butterfly, they will know that their wishes have been given wings.







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What kind of birthday party did you dream of when you were a little girl? As a mother of a nine-year-old girl and an aunt to two nieces, Niki Hogan, owner of Girlie Girls, wanted to open a party place that girls would love. At Girlie Girls, little girls’ dreams come true on their special day. Girlie Girls has a variety of themes to make each birthday unique and exciting including: • Classic Princess: It makes Cinderella jealous. • Fairy Tea: A new twist on a classic tradition. • My Dolly & Me: Making memories just like you did. • Pretend PJ: Who needs curfews? • Rock Star: She will own the stage. • Salon Spa: Bring the gorgeous out to shine. Each party is an hour and a half and includes a party hostess, hair, nails, makeup and a craft for each girl. Refreshments include either popcorn or goldfish and pink lemonade or juice boxes. Girlie Girls has unique party extras that can be added to any celebration from a chocolate fountain to monogrammed robes for each guest. All you do is bring the cake, sit back and enjoy your little girl’s celebration. Girlie Girl’s also showcases retail items for all ages including Laura Dare nightgowns, Alma Soul belts, 3C4G items, Styrofoam cups, and every size bow imaginable. Stop by Girlie Girls and take a tour of our party rooms, and pick up a little something for yourself. We look forward to making your Girlie Girl’s dreams come true on her special day! Girlie Girls Parties for girls aged 2 to 92 14520 Memorial Drive, Suite 40 713-969-9878

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Join the Cure Gear up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Last year, over 35,000 people joined in the race that raises money to help find a cure for breast cancer. You can be a part of the race that takes place October 6th downtown whether it is donating money or joining in the race, it will count. The 2011 race sponsors and participants raised $4 million. See how you can help today at or call 713-783-9188.

September 25th – 30th Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be brought to life this month at the Hobby Center. The smash hit Broadway musical will include some of the movies unforgettable songs such as Be Our Guest and of course, all of the characters that made the movie a big hit. Get your tickets now; you won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience the movie in this wonderful production. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit

September 29th

Main Street Theater – Chelsea Market The Theater for Youth brings the book Duck for President to the stage. Unhappy with the working conditions on Farmer Brown’s farm, Duck campaigns to put himself in charge. In this hilarious tale by the author of Click,Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Duck seeks nothing less than the highest office in the land! Our fellow Americans, we present to you Duck for president! This show is recommended for kids 3 and up. To purchase tickets for public performances, call 713-524-6706. There will be two shows at 1 and 4 pm. l SEPTEMBER 2012


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he kids are back in school, and those lazy days of summer are just about over. If this past summer has left you with a little extra ‘junk in your trunk’ and your ‘pudgy puppy’ is growing into a ‘round hound,’ then it is time for you to check out what is really in ‘dogue’ for dogs! It is doga, and it is yoga for dogs with their humans! Marilyn Swick, creator of Blue Moon Doga, has the ‘pawsitively purrfect’ program for you and your pet. My pooch, Crazy Gracie, and I took a lesson.

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Blue Moon Doga teaches dog owners how to bond and spend peaceful, quality time with their doga dogs. It incorporates the principles of yoga, basic obedience methods, canine massage and a range of motion exercises. It is also conditioning for the mind, body and spirit of the dog and can teach your children to spend quiet time with their best friend. All you need is your dog, peaceful music, a yoga mat and treats.

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Any dog, small to large, can participate in doga sessions. We have poses for all sizes of dogs and their humans.

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Jan Glenn and Crazy Gracie attending a Doga class.

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Describe some of your favorite doga positions.

Sun Salutation: Gently lift your dog into the sun salutation position from a kneeling or a standing position. Allow your dog’s body to rest against yours to keep them feeling secure. Downward Dog: This position stretches the dog’s core and spinal column. Over time, you can teach them to hold it until you release them from the position. Warrior: Kneel with one leg in front of you, and gently lift your dog upward. You may need to place your other hand on top of the dog’s back for added security. Repeat 5 times with each arm, and you will have a great arm workout. This can be performed kneeling or standing. Boat: This is a great exercise for our abdominal wall and core. Small dogs can be placed on top of your abdomen. Gently push your hips upward and hold counting to ten. Large dogs can be lifted with your feet and lower part of your legs. Always place your hand on the dog’s back for added security.

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Can Doga be used with other animals, too? Doga can be used with cats, hamsters, ferrets, and even horses.

Doga also includes massaging your pet. Describe some of the techniques. Your dog will enjoy the benefits of a full body massage, just as we do. This will teach them to associate the mat with relaxation and peaceful time with their best friend. The massage portion should last at least 10 minutes. Cover the dog head to toe with slow, open-palm, purposeful, clock-wise circulation motions. Range-of-motion exercises are also incorporated into the doga massage session. This is helpful for older or injured dogs to keep their joints moving in a purposeful manner and a great way to identify lumps and bumps on your dog that otherwise may have gone undetected. Marilyn Swick created Blue Moon Doga in 2008, and she can design a customized program for you, your family, and your four-legged pet. Visit Blue Moon Doga at www.

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Susan Biehl, Gwen Baird, Jenny Murdock, Hanna Lauritzen, Krista Lauritzen, Paula Lauritzen, Shelley Filla, Angie Zoboroski, Charlie Wharton and Brooke Vescovo at Girlie Girls – for girls 2 to 92 – at Brooke’s 31 Bag Party.

Kara and Lee Norris in London, England in front of the Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings.

A group of Meadow Wood Elementary and Spring Forest Middle School kids went to Frontier Camp in Grapeland, Texas. Pictured are Luke Lyster, Remi Sirmons, Isabel Hartz, Katie Schleinschok, Collin McKnight, Harrison Mansfield, Abigayle Pannagl, Jillian Harris, Dylan McKnight, Richard Harris, Reagan Mansfield, Chase Sirmons, Claire Medina, Michelle Mustaccia, Maddie Suerth, Morgan Pierce, Kyle Schleinschok, Jack Suerth, Jack Pannagl and Jack Mathews.

Hunters Creek Elementary (HCE) School Kindergarten students Todd Dixon, Calista Carr, Mary Pappas, Nenagh McKeon, Ava Swartz, Olivia Mafrige, Reed Franklin, and Oliver Oldham enjoyed the annual Winds of Time celebration by studying Ancient China. Winds of Time is a beloved HCE tradition which focuses on the study of ancient history of China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, and the Renaissance period, culminating in a highly colorful, school-wide parade in which the students wear costumes representing specific time periods of study.



Brian and Amanda Davison in the Cayman Islands.

The Masraff family took a family trip to Seagrove, Florida to celebrate the 75th birthday of Tony Masraff. Tony even trailered his Harley along so he could ride in the mornings! Pictured are Travis and Markley Berg, Julie, Hannah, Russell, Karen, George, Tony and Maclane Masraff, Baker Berg, Carter and Connor Masraff, Cooper Berg, Georgia and Elizabeth Masraff and Bess Berg. Julia Chapman, Ashton Lombard, Mary Grace McConn and Grace Goodson, swimming for Wilchester, placed 4th in the Meet of Champs for the 7-8 Girls Freestyle Relay.

Ella Davison and Sammie and Libby Lord with Pinkalicious at Main Street Theatre.

Julia and Lexie Chapman riding in the annual Wilchester 4th of July Parade.

Kayla Lilly and Kennedy Carter at the Meet of Champs swimming for the Memorial Bend Barracudas in the 6 and under division.

Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association Softball (7/8 girls) Silver Bracket Champions are Chris Zander, Anthony Lombard, David LaVern, Beau Ryan, Kyle Rose, Sharlotte McClintock, Olivia Zander, Ashton Lombard, Cameron Ballard, Landon Fowler, Lauren Rose, Ava Zander, Mackenzie Arend, Elise LaVern, Mary Elyse Parez, Sarah Ryan and Mackenzie Macken. l SEPTEMBER 2012


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Brooke Maddox, Berkeley Keller, Cara Chaffin and William Fowler swimming for the Memorial Forest Killer Whales at the Meet of Champs.



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H O M E F E ATURE By Laura B a t e s


Holiday Decorating

y how time flies! It is September again, and we are looking straight in the face of the holiday season. I do not mean to scare you, but there is no stopping it now. With life getting back to some normalcy, now is the time to get a head start on all the holiday decorating. I am not talking about pulling out your fall decorations and taking inventory. What I am saying is now is a great time to have a look at all those nik naks and home accessories that are on your book shelves and coffee table. Life in the decorating fast lane can get a little crazy, and many times, we focus only on the big picture such as sofas, paint and drapes. Now is the time to have a look at all the small stuff that is always forgotten or is not in the budget. It is safe to say that September gives us a little breather from the big ticket spending, so what better time to focus our attention on the small stuff that really does make a big difference. Lamps. To start, have a look at all of your lamps. Lamps are a huge player in the game of decorating. Lamps can take on a totally different look just by changing the shade. I think it is safe to say that it is time to put away the feather lamp shade (if you have not done so already) and purchase a new shade. While you are at it, take stock of all the finials on the lamps and see how they are holding up. This would also be a good time to grab some new ones. Just by changing these two things, your old lamp will look totally different. Our parents had the most outrageous, large lamps – what I would give to have just one of them back! If you are lucky enough to be able to get your hands on one, nab it! The old treasure will need a new shade, but how great is it to be able to recycle it and oh what fun and what memories you will recall having it back and proudly displayed. Picture Frames. The next item that needs to be considered is all of those picture frames



that have been collected over the years. Family photos are a very important element in transforming a house into a home, but a mish mash of frames ruins the feel and importance of what they are displaying. So, what to do next is take stock of your photos and make sure these are the photos you want to display for the next couple of months. I find that it is best to take them with me when I am shopping for new frames. It is funny how you just know which picture needs to go in what frame, like the photo comes to life and give the essence of moment, just because of the frame. When you are picking out the new frames, do not get crazy with a lot of different styles – keep to a certain look. The frames need to complement each other not fight each other - that just creates tacky. Another thing to remember as you are out looking for the perfect frame, large over smaller size ones are always a great look, so do not be afraid to go big here. A “Wow” Piece. Lastly, home accessories can be rearranged for a new look, but this would also be a good time to get a new “wow” piece. When looking for that new “wow” piece, make sure it is on a larger scale than your other accessories. We have a tendency to get everything the same size. Try to avoid this because nothing really stands out and everything kind of looks the same when this happens. Go ahead and step out on this one, and do not be scared if you have to pay a little more; it is worth it! Happy decorating!


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Cornelius Nursery will soon transform into a winter wonderland that will have you singing: “There’s no place like home for the holidays!” Get inspired by their selection of unique and festive décor – it’s sure to delight! Their “elves” have been hard at work creating holiday themes you’ll find nowhere else. Dear Santa celebrates yesteryear with traditional colors and a vintage feel. Western Slope pays homage to the rugged beauty of the West, and features décor with brown, ivory and soft turquoise tones. Peppermint with a Twist will dazzle guests with red, white and lime-green accents. Party at the North Pole is all about fun and whimsy with festive décor and eye-popping colors. It’s Christmas Time says “tick-tock!” We’re counting down the hours until Christmas morning with this lighthearted clock theme. A Star in the East offers up elegant jewel tones and a joyful Nativity theme befitting the season. Heaven and Nature Sing commemorates nature’s tranquil winter slumber with garden statuary, beautiful birds and décor in soft green, brown and ivory. Visit Cornelius Nursery soon at 2233 South Voss Road, (713) 292-0898, 1200 North Dairy Ashford, (281) 493-0550 or online at Revel in the holiday spirit because life should be beautiful!

Pull your home together. It sounds relatively simple, but gathering all of the pieces to create an inviting, comfortable and practical home can be overwhelming. As design professionals with years of experience, Kaleidoscope Studio listens to your wants and needs. They devise solutions to make your home beautiful and practical. First, they evaluate each room, taking into account what can be used and should be moved for use in another area of your home. Then, they offer suggestions for what could be added to the room. Kaleidoscope Studio offers a wide range of resources to transform the rooms of your home into spaces that are perfect for everyday function as well as for Kaleidoscope Studio continued on page 33

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Houstonian Builders was founded by Michael Autenreith in July of 2006. Michael grew up in the Memorial Villages (MHS class of 1995), has deep roots in the community and continues to live in the area with his wife and children today. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Michael set his sights on Houston’s real estate market and cut his teeth working for one of the largest and most prestigious firms in town in 2002 where he gained invaluable design expertise, which is extremely useful for the clients he serves today at Houstonian Builders. With over 10 years of construction experience under his belt, his dream of starting his own company and giving his client’s “a Quality Job at a Fair Price” came to realization. Houstonian Builders is a full service builder with a passion for building lasting client relationships. Michael consults with each client through the design phase of their home renovation and then hands the project off to one of their highly experienced project managers to complete the construction phase, though he continues to monitor the project through completion. By doing so, Houstonian Builders has an “intimate knowledge of our client’s wants, needs, and vision throughout the entire project.” Houstonian Builders has completed many projects in each one of the Memorial Villages and has extensive knowledge of each Village’s building code and requirements for new construction, renovation and commercial projects. Houstonian Builders is a participating member of the Greater Houston Builders Association Remodelers Council, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Remodelers Council and the Texas Association of Builders and is committed to “Improving the Standards of Remodeling” and making the client’s need and vision the central focus of every renovation or building project. The next time you are considering a construction project, please contact Michael at 713-6099108.

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Home is where the heart is….. the kitchen is where the family gathers!


One thing we’ve noticed at Houstonian Builders is that each year there is an increase in demand for Kitchen Renovation projects for the upcoming holidays. We encourage you to start planning now. Add Houstonian Builders to your holiday wish list and let us renovate your kitchen. We invite you to meet with us to discuss your design ideas and our processes to complete your project in time for the holidays.

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“At Houstonian Builders, making the client the central focus of every renovation or building project is the primary mission. We always keep the needs of our clients as the top priority.” Michael Autenreith, CGB, CAPS - Owner

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entertainment. Beyond providing creative ideas to pull your home together, Kaleidoscope Studio professionals offer furniture, reupholstering, window treatments, rugs and a superior selection of unique wall art and accessories. Kaleidoscope Studio buys directly from suppliers to offer you the best value for your money. One client said that, before she began working with Kaleidoscope Studio, her friends would remark, “What a nice neighborhood you live in.” Now, the comment is, “What a beautiful home you live in!” Whether you need someone to bounce ideas off of or someone to help you finish your interior projects, Kaleidoscope Studio will guide you in making the best decisions. They will make the process simple and affordable. Kaleidoscope Studio of Interior Design is located at 8558 Katy Freeway, Suite 119 in Houston. Call today at 713-827-1282 to schedule your free consultation or visit www.

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Window Fashions For Your Home Looking for that something special for your windows? The Frog at Home is here to help. Whether your needs are simple or complex, they will find the perfect solution. As a full service window treatment company, The Frog at Home will assure you the best products, pricing and service. The Frog at Home offers a wide range of products including shutters, blinds and shades, many of which are available with motorization from companies such as Somfy and Lutron. They provide beautiful, custom draperies with fabrics from manufacturers such as Fabricut, Trend and Kasmir. Did you know that, by protecting your windows’ exterior, you can lower your home’s interior temperature and save money on your energy bills? The Frog at Home offers exterior shades to protect your home’s interior furniture, carpets, wood floors and upholstery. The Frog at Home team takes pride in all of their projects! When you count on The Frog at Home for your window solutions, you are never alone. From your first contact to your final installment, The Frog at Home is here for you. So what are you waiting for? Call 713-909-2897 today to schedule your free in-home consultation at a time that is convenient for you, or visit our beautiful state of the art showroom at 2427 Westheimer Road. You can also visit to request a quote. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Texas Custom Patios: Creating stylish outdoor living spaces Texas Custom Patios is the Houston area’s premier designer and builder of stylish outdoor living spaces. The company is a family-owned residential remodeling contractor specializing in designing and building custom projects to enhance outdoor living such as patio covers, outdoor kitchens, sunrooms, fireplaces, screened porches, pergolas and decorative patios. They have completed over 700 projects in the Houston area since 2004. Texas Custom Patios provides a turnkey custom design project. Their specialty is building projects that look original to the home, including room additions, guest houses, decks, outdoor kitchens and custom patios. You will know exactly what you are getting when you choose to work with Texas Custom Patios. Detailed designs include rendered views showing the completed project on the back of your home. If you would like a detailed explanation of the process they use from design to completed construction, please visit their website where they will walk you through the steps. There is also a huge photo gallery with hundreds of pictures of completed projects to give ideas for your dream backyard. Texas Custom Patios serves much of the Greater Houston area including Cypress, The Woodlands, Fulshear, Katy, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Pearland, Spring, Sugar Land, and Tomball. Contact Texas Custom Patios today to schedule your free design consultation at 281.265.1994 or visit www.texascustompatios. com. See ad on page 36.


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Weidner + Hasou Design, located at 13120 Memorial Drive, is the partnership of Genna Weidner and Deborah Hasou. When they began collaborating on home renovation projects five years ago, they felt the combination of their individual skills could result in unique designs appreciated by today’s homeowners. Now they bring the culmination of their styles to their new retail shop as well. Upon entering their shop and design studio, you feel a sense of being able to “stop and breathe.” You can take time to relax and browse in the intimate boutique setting. You will find an array of styles from clean-line modern to antiques with a European flair at an attractive range of price points. Gift items, home accessories, artwork and furniture pieces abound, and with their market finds from New York, Atlanta, Texas and Europe, you will find new and exciting inventory that changes often. Catalogs line their shelves where endless choices may be ordered from their multiple suppliers. The driving concept of the firm is to create timeless, classic, comfortable interiors and exterior architectural designs that reflect the vision and needs of their clients. They specialize in interior design and residential building design for home renovations or new construction. They don’t put a label on their style; they enjoy contemporary, traditional, casual or sophisticated design. Their ideas come from listening to their clients’ desires and needs. That is when the creativity and collaboration begins. Retail shopping hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Design services are available by appointment. Contact Weidner + Hasou Design at 713.932.0232.

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Survey your home, and make a list of the possibilities for displaying portraits. Don’t forget your vacation home; they are perfect places to show off your family. You will probably want at least one large wall portrait of an iconic image from the session. Before ordering your portrait, measure where you plan to hang it allowing room for a frame. A more contemporary choice is the newer canvas wraps. Remember that family and friends would like to receive a portrait as a gift for a holiday or special occasion. Family pictures for dorm rooms and Dad’s office are often overlooked, and don’t forget about your holiday card. Think groupings. Many images are a part of a story – a story told best with several images. A child with a serious look followed by a small tiny smile and a finale of laughing out loud can have so much impact. Group several of the same size in one frame, or frame 11 x 14’s separately to fill a larger wall. Black and white images lend themselves well to a series of images. Another terrific way to preserve and display images is in a book. Images combined in a book look great on a coffee table and tell the story of your session.

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Texas Children’s West Campus Experts Answering Your Most Common Pediatric Surgery Questions

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rom repairing hernias, taking out an appendix or conducting circumcisions, most pediatric surgeries are relatively standard but differ vastly from adult surgeries. While parents realize that these types of surgeries are necessary to ensure their child’s health and development, the idea of surgery can still be frightening for both parents and children. Dr. Ruben Rodriguez from Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus answers some of the most common pediatric surgery questions. Located at I-10 and Barker Cypress, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus houses the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room in the Greater West Houston area, four surgical suites and a minor procedure room, inpatient services and advanced imaging services including MRI and CT scans. Expert: Dr. Ruben Rodriguez, pediatric surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.


WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF PEDIATRIC SURGERIES? Appendectomies are by far the most common emergency pediatric abdominal operations performed. Texas Children’s performs more than 1,000 appendectomies a year. Other common emergency pediatric surgeries are procedures to drain abscesses and pyloromyotomies, an operation to relieve the overgrowth of the stomach muscle commonly found in infants 3-to 6-weeks old. Common elective surgeries include circumcisions and hernia repairs.


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILD PREPARE FOR THEIR SURGERY? It’s important to ask questions and work with your medical team to ensure you feel confident and reassured about the surgery your child will undergo as children take most of their cues on how to react to tense situations from their parents. You should also take



advantage of any services offered that will help your child better prepare for and understand what they will be going through. For example, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus has dedicated child life specialists who form a bond with pediatric patients while preparing them for surgery. Our child life specialists take children into a mock operating room where we can simulate what they will see, hear and smell in the room. The child life team tries to make the process as predictable for your child as possible on the day of their actual surgery so the team not only talks to your child at an age appropriate level and explains what will happen before and after their surgery, but also how they will feel when they wake up. Child life specialists also help parents talk to their children about surgery since parents may struggle with knowing what to say and what not to say. These specialists can help you choose the most appropriate words to describe the surgery and hospital visit.

IS IT TRUE THAT CHILDREN RECOVER FASTER THAN ADULTS? Yes. Generally speaking, children recover from surgeries better than adults because they typically are healthier before the surgery. Additionally, kids are resilient and adapt better to changes in their bodies.


WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF TREATING CHILDREN? It’s important for pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists to remember that children are vastly different from adults. Everything from their anatomy to their psyche is still developing and differs from child to child. For this reason, pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists are much more accustomed to being able to adapt to the individual patient and treat them in a manner conducive with their precise size, medical history, age and tolerance. Communication is also an important element. Building trust with patients and their families is important when explaining procedures to them while anticipating and mitigating their fears. It’s important to be able to read, comprehend and respond to non-verbal cues from various age groups as well since we treat infants, toddlers and young children in addition to adolescents and teenagers.


WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS A MAJOR SURGERY? Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is equipped and staffed to handle a myriad of medical needs; however, for those patients requiring highly specialized care or intensive critical care, such as organ transplantation, they will be referred to Texas Children’s medical center campus for treatment. Texas Children’s Department of Surgery is nationally recognized and our board-certified surgeons are pioneers in the field of pediatric surgery and continue to change the lives of countless children and families. If you have questions, or would like to schedule a surgery consult, please call the pediatric surgery clinic at 832-227-2250 or visit



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HOW DOES ANESTHESIA WORK, AND IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN? General anesthesia will render a child into an unconscious state where they are pain free, unaware of their surroundings and have no recollection of what has happened during surgery. Because general anesthesia also has effects on a child’s breathing, heart and blood pressure, the board certified pediatric anesthesiologist will be there to continually monitor your child throughout their surgery. Our teams do their best to provide an “ouch-less” environment for children and most children go to sleep before starting an intravenous anesthesia. One of the unique things at Texas Children’s is that we offer patients scents in their anesthesia masks. Instead of smelling plastic or gas, children can choose to smell bubble gum, cotton candy, apples or any of the many scents offered. Our team of registered nurses, hospitalists and surgeons also focus on the management of your child’s post operative pain as well.

As summer vacations come to an end and the preparation for school gets into full swing, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. It’s vital to take care of ourselves first and foremost, so in turn, we are able to take care of others. It’s easy to fall into the trap of overextending ourselves causing stress and leading to illness and fatigue. There is good news! Research has shown that replenishing our nutritional status weekly with an IV infusion of vitamins and antioxidants can not only boost energy but also improve symptoms caused by migraines, sinus infections, allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia and diabetes. Why is a ‘Myer’s Cocktail’ vitamin IV beneficial? “Since the beneficial nutrients are fed into the bloodstream and not bypassed through the digestive system, the absorption rate is much higher which means that you will feel better much faster than with traditional supplementation regimens,” said Dr. Shelena Lalji of Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa. This specialized vitamin and supplement mixture is administered intravenously in less than an hour. The patient simply relaxes in a quiet environment while their body is administered vital nutrients. To learn more about the Myer’s Cocktail, visit Dr. Shel’s website at

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Memorial Hermann Collaborates with Area Schools to Provide Student and Young Athletes with High-Quality Healthcare Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center understands that organized sports are good for kids and good for the community. Athletics enable young people to build their physical skills, get regular exercise, have fun, make friends and gain self-confidence, while teaching valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship. But there is no doubt that increasing activity and intensity of sports is followed by increasing chances of a sports injury. For all these reasons, Memorial City Medical Center is collaborating with the Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) to provide education, training and medical services that support student athletes, their coaches and families. The resources and support Memorial City Medical Center is providing is giving more kids the opportunity to participate in sports and ensures that all athletes in the SBISD have access to high-quality healthcare. These educational and support services include: • Free or low-cost sports physicals to SBISD middle- and highschool students who financially qualify. • Training and education opportunities for athletes, parents Absolutely Memorial Razz Dazz Ad_Layout 1 7/25/12 and coaches on topics such as injury prevention and4:49 firstPM aid.Page 1

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• Injury clinics, where injured student athletes are screened by an athletic trainer affiliated with the new Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial City Medical Center. • Emergency Center services. When a student athlete is injured at school or a sporting event and is being transported to Memorial City’s Emergency Center, the school or coach can call the Center directly to alert them that a patient is in transport. • ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) for high school athletes. This testing can help determine when a player who has suffered a concussion is ready to return to competition. • Scholarships for high school seniors pursuing careers as athletic trainers. Hospital CEO Keith Alexander states, “The new collaboration is an extension of that commitment by Memorial Hermann to provide support to the coaches, athletic trainers and athletes in SBISD”.

Razzle Dazzle Pink By Lara Bell

This fall Memorial Hermann Memorial City is holding their third annual Razzle Dazzle Pink event which raises funds for the Bobetta C. Lindig Breast Center. This year, my childhood friend and Memorial resident Julie Comiskey is co-chairing the event and absolutely! Memorial is the media partner, so I wanted to learn more about the Bobetta C. Lindig Breast Center. Julie Comiskey “I will never forget the day my mom called and asked me to come meet her at the doctor’s office. It was actually her second doctor visit that day. She went to see her OB/ GYN because she had a bruise on her breast. Her OB/GYN was very concerned and sent her directly to see a breast surgeon,” said Julie. It was her 48th birthday the day the confirmation came that she had inflammatory breast cancer. Julie’s mom lost her battle two years later. That was 15 years ago, and through the years, Julie says she has known many beautiful women who have fought the battle against breast cancer. As Julie becomes closer and closer to the age when her mother was diagnosed, the more she realizes that she has to do something to help stop this disease. “Selfishly, I do not want to see another sister, friend, aunt, cousin, loved one or stranger suffer from breast cancer,” said Julie. So Julie, along with Wendy Mitchell Martin, a friend and a breast cancer survivor, are co-chairing the event together. Their motto for the event is “Big or Small Let’s Save Them All!” And, with Julie at the helm of this fundraiser, I have no doubt that she will make a difference in women’s lives as a simple way to honor her sweet mother. For more information, visit or call 713.242.4450.

Summer Sips absolutely! Memorial Magazine held its July Summer Sips Series at Bistro Bar at Hotel Sorella where forty guys and gals came together for some lite bites, specialty drinks by VeeV and networking!

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TOWN AND COUNTRY Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the ultimate steakhouse destination for people seeking a stylish, lively and contemporary dining experience. Whether you’re enjoying a casual bite and glass of wine in their bar or an evening of indulgent dining, Fleming’s provides an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Come in and enjoy the company of friends and family. But before you do, let’s find out a little more from Gorge Malek and Joe Gerardi.


How did you get started in the restaurant business, and what makes you stay? I got my start in college at 18 years old. I started serving to make money at night while I went to class during the day. My first job was at the old Magic Island. I stay because it’s my passion, and I could never sit at a desk and work 9 to 5! I just love it because it’s a people business whether those people are our guests or our staff. Making people happy, sharing special experiences and occasions with them is the reward of my work. When you see a guest walking out of your doors and you can just look at them and tell they have had a memorable evening – perfect food and service along with unparalleled hospitality – that’s a home run in our business.


What can a diner expect at Fleming’s from the time they arrive until the time the check comes? They can expect a memorable evening. Our staff is trained to personalize our guest’s experience from the moment they walk through the door and to go above and beyond to do “whatever it takes” to make their meal perfect! We are particularly known for special occasion dining. Whether its birthdays, an-


Operating Partner George Malek and Joe Gerardi, Chef Partner. niversaries or promotions – whatever it is – we will make it special and recognize it. Our culinary team is also second to none. I have personally worked with this team for the last three years, and they take pride in every little detail. Fleming’s will also deliver a fabulous wine experience; wine is at the core of our culture. We offer 100 wines by the glass and hundreds of other hand-picked bottle selections. Our staff is well-trained to pair food and wine so that true harmony can be achieved during your dinner experience.


What is the one thing you hear the patrons raving about most? That’s tough, but I would say it’s a tie between the quality and consistency of our food, and the overwhelming level of hospitality of our associates. I hear both every day, and I love it!


What flavor profiles will be highlighted for the fall? Any specials in mind? Our memorable meal is a limited time dinner feature with the fall heartier flavor profiles. We offer it for $99 for two or $49.50 for one with three courses.


Each guest receives a special trio entrée, salad and dessert. Starter Course: Shrimp bisque with cheese gougers and fennel cream. Entrée Course: Filet mignon over roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a porcini and morel mushroom sauce, herb baked shrimp and blistered tomatoes with burrata topping and braised beef short rib with natural pan juices over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Dessert: Almond soufflé with trimbach and port wine poached figs.


For the at home chef, what tips do you have to create an amazing meal? KISS – keep it simple stupid! Use the best quality ingredients and simply season them letting the freshness and quality of whatever product you are using to shine through. Don’t be afraid to be creative. You don’t always have to follow recipes exactly. Some of the best meals I’ve made have been experimenting! Flemings Town and Country 788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N Houston, TX 77024 713-827-1120

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Tailgating Pantry By Stephenie Cox irst and 10, let’s do it again! It’s finally football season. Time have all the components to pull toto get your favorite drinks chilling and get the grill fired up. gether a crock pot of steaming chili. A Cheering on your favorite team certainly can make you nice, hot bowl of chili makes for a great topwork up an appetite. Create a pantry just perfect to entertain and ping for hot dogs, nachos or just about anything. for quick loading of coolers and trunks. A perfectly stocked pantry Queso. Whether you are a real cheddar fan or means less time planning the food and more time eating! So pack Velveeta is your downfall, have cheese and cans of rotel tomatoes up the back of your SUV, pickup or even pop-up tent ready to whip up some queso. whether you are heading to Reliant Stadium or Chips, chips and more chips. Potato, even your kids weekly Peewee Football tortilla, cheese puffs...tailgaiting is a must game parking lot and you will be sure to with these tasty crunchers. They are have a roaring good time. easy to store and please even the pickiMasters grillers be ready. Make est of your guests. sure you have plenty of propane or charPizza, pizza. Have your facoal brickets. There is nothing worse vorite pizzeria’s phone number than waiting for the grill to get fired taped to the trunk door. Let’s up with a crowd of hungry people. face it; sometimes you need a plan Stock the basics. Salt, pepper, “B” should your hamburgers get some sort of seasoned salt, ketchburnt into unrecognizable lumps of up, mustard, steak sauce, BBQ charcoal. It’s quick, simple and parsauce and the appropriate rubs/ ticularly effective at quieting those, seasonings for each meat is what “Is the food ready yet?” complaints you will need to grill. Even if you from your kids. decide to go with just hamburgers and hot dogs, good seasonings and condiments can make these more bland tailgating foods pop. Bring on the bacon. Bacon is the At Jonathan’s, we define catering - to ultimate ingredient to make almost any fulfill the needs, wants and desires of dish better. Are your burgers bland? Add our clients. To give of ourselves for the some bacon. Does your potato salad lack pleasure of others. An affair properly a certain something? Add some bacon. managed so your food is always fresh, Did someone bring a boring green leafy properly heated, bursting with flavor. salad? Add some bacon. Utilize your freezer. Stock up on • We customize your menu and steaks, tenderloin, hot dogs, hamburgers service. and buns, and with a quick thaw, they are • An intimate dinner party: your ready to be transformed into some tasty own chef, bartender and wait staff, tailgate fare. elegance personified. Get game. Football sea• Corporate functions - fresh full of son goes hand in hand flavor, served beautifully. with hunting season. • We handle all the details, you relax Plan to share your tasty and enjoy. dove, waterfowl and deer with your guests. Add the spice. Not only can peppers like jalapenos and habaneros give a kick to your dishes, they can also lead to hot peppereating contests. Chili fixings. Everyone has Jonathan @ 713-467-9000 their own style and favorite. Make sure you


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The Methodist Hospital System Opens Second Free-Standing ER on Voss at San Felipe


he Methodist Hospital System opened an emergency care center at 1635 South Voss Road at San Felipe bringing the Memorial area a high quality emergency care center that treats all ages and is open 24 hours a day, every day. The Methodist Emergency Care Center at Voss, which was previously owned by another provider, began operations at this location on July 17th. Like Methodist’s other free-standing ER on Kirby, the Voss facility is staffed with board certified emergency physicians and emergency medicine trained nurses who can treat patients of all ages from infants to seniors. “Our goal is to bring health care to the community,” said Dr. Jeremy Finkelstein, medical director of Methodist’s emergency department. “Having this facility located in the neighborhood will help patients avoid potentially long waits in the medical center, yet still allow patients access to the same Methodist doctors close to home. It will also free up time and space for more serious emergencies at The Methodist Hospital ER in the Texas Medical Center.” “With an on-site lab, CT scanner, ultrasound and X-ray, patients will receive the same high quality care expected at any Methodist facility,” Finkelstein said. Patients who require inpatient stays will be stabilized and transferred to The Methodist Hospital or another facility with the appropriate level of care.


Emergency Rooms Versus Urgent Care Centers Which one is right for you and your loved ones? “Unlike urgent care centers, which tend to care for a more narrow scope of patients, all of Methodist’s emergency rooms offer a full scope of medical services, regardless of the severity of the patient’s injury or illness,” said Finkelstein. Urgent care centers often exclude large segments of the public such as pediatrics and elder care. They aren’t open 24/7/365, do not typically participate with Medicare or Medicaid


programs, and are often staffed with non-emergency medicine board trained practitioners. Some do not have a doctor on site, instead relying on a nurse practitioner or physician assistant to care for patients. Methodist ERs are: • Open around the clock • Treat patients of all ages regardless of the severity of illness For more information on the Methodist Emergency Care Center Voss: 1635 South Voss Rd. (@ San Felipe) Houston, Texas 77057 713-441-ER24 (3724)


Houston West Chamber Women Driving Business Presents Dancing With Diamonds

On October 11th, Momentum BMW West will be decked out in diamonds! The Houston West Chamber Women Driving Business series will celebrate the grand finale Dancing with Diamonds from 6 to 8 pm. Enter on the red carpet and receive a pair of diamond earrings – someone’s will be the real thing – courtesy of Houston Gold Exchange. Enjoy exceptional food by some of West Houston’s best restaurateurs and wine poured just for you in a special commemorative wine glass designed for women who really drive business. As participants celebrate the special evening, they will also have the opportunity to connect and network with west Houston women business owners and corporate executives. Individual event tickets are $20 for chamber members; $25 for non-members and $30 after October 10th. A limited number of tickets are available. Visit or call 713-785-4922 for more information.

Sherry Fox, Westchase District, and Sam Golubic, Sam’s Hands, celebrate their winnings at last year’s Women Driving Business social.

Jo Ann Miller, Wells Fargo Bank, and Kathie Edwards, Westpark Communications, enjoying last year’s Women Driving Business social. l SEPTEMBER 2012


A B S O L U T E LY ! D I N I N G G U I D E BRUNCH BRUNCH KAFE 11113 1/2 Katy Freeway, Houston Tx 77079 713-647-8751 Here at Brunch Kafe, you’ll enjoy a laid back, diner atmosphere with a heaping helping of home-style breakfast specialties such as eggs benedict, wings with waffles, creative omelettes and more. Chicken fried steak, chicken pot pie and burgers top a list of lunch and dinner picks at Brunch Kafe. Brunch Kafe also has a beverage menu that includes specialty coffees, smoothies, flavored tea and tapioca. Be sure to save room for a slice of apple, cherry or pecan pie. BYOB’S JONATHAN’S THE RUB 9061 Gaylord, 77024 713-465-8200

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Four generations of recipes. Home-style Italian cuisine. A Carrabba family eatery.

Talented chef Jonathan Levine has quite a following at his four-year-old BYOB restaurant, Jonathan’s the Rub, in Memorial. The menu is versatile and includes classic dishes, comfort food and East Coast representation from his native New York. The open kitchen concept entertains diners as he prepares Angus beef, fresh seafood, and a wide array of sides such as Mac-n-5 cheese, creamy cheese grits and honey carrots to name just a few. Expect a great experience and a $7 corking fee. ITALIAN PIATTO RISTORANTE 11693 Westheimer @ Royal Oaks Club Dr., 77077 281-759-7500 4925 West Alabama @ Post Oak Blvd., 77056 713-871-9722

Full-Service Catering Private Banquet Rooms Box Lunches & Delivery

At Piatto, you’ll taste the Carrabba family’s lifelong passion for food in every delicious bite. John Marion Carrabba, owner of Piatto, has family recipes that have been handed down through four generations; you’ll enjoy authentic Italian cuisine made the old-fashioned way – from scratch! These delicious dishes are served by a superb staff in a warm and relaxing environment. From boxed lunches to a large dining banquet, Piatto can help make your next event a delicious success! Piatto offers catering for all occasions – social, business or ‘just because.’ Extensive on-site banquet rooms and off-site catering available.

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By Amy Gross v i n

Wine Gone Digital L

ooking for a little more from a restaurant wine list? How about one that features reviews of the wines, photos of the wine bottles and pairing suggestions? Throw in a little techie uber-cool factor from an iPad and you’ve got the wine list at Hawthorn, one of Houston’s hottest new restaurants. This summer I had to go check out Hawthorn to see this funky new wine list for myself, and yes, it sure was a lot of fun to use! Cory, the Operating Partner at Hawthorn who also oversees the wine and cocktail program, handed me the iPad wine list and immediately my inner geek wanted to play with that screen. I began tapping though the list, sorting by color and varietal, and checking out the wines. I even sorted by wine and food pairings with dishes from the dining menu. This was cool, and so helpful, too! When my server greeted me after all that tapping around, I still couldn’t make a decision on my own, but I knew a lot more about the wines I was deciding between than when I walked in the door. I shared my selections with my server – they were saved for me on a special screen – who then helped me make a choice, and the wine was served at the perfect temperature moments later. What I loved about the digital wine list at Hawthorn is that it lets the guest explore options and then ask educated questions or just jump in with a wine they know they will enjoy. I liked seeing the bottles and reading the details about the wines. I even asked to continue playing with the menu well after I had decided on the wines to order. I was even able to email myself my wine selection and post my choices on Facebook right from the iPad.

Cory Graffiti, Managing Partner at Hawthorn, utilizes the digital wine list. The sorting options were a great way to make it through Hawthorn’s extensive list which included wines in several price ranges and quite a breadth of countries and styles. I counted 20 wines by the glass and gave up counting bottles. Actually, that’s probably the only drawback to a digital wine list versus a printed one: it is hard to see just how many wines are on the list. I hope more restaurants follow the lead set by Hawthorn in offering an interactive wine list. It can only help the rest of us learn more and make better choices without any intimidation factor at all. Want to know more about my evening at Hawthorn? Check out the details at Hawthorn 3200 Kirby Drive, Suite 106 Houston, TX 77098 713-523-3600

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By The Heritage Society



Then and Now


hile archeologists have found evidence of terrazzo floors in Turkish and Pompeian ruins, it was not until 15th century Venetian construction workers mastered the technique that it became prevalent. The word terrazzo is derived from the Venetian word for “terraces.” It was on the terraces of construction workers’ homes that the terrazzo flooring technique was mastered. When pieces of marble were discarded from the work sites of construction projects, these workers gathered the pieces and mixed them with clay to create a low cost flooring option for the terraces surrounding their own homes. Once the mixture set, they rubbed the surface with hand stones to expose the marble and create an even surface. The technique advanced with the production of galeras, rubbing stones attached to long, broom-like handles which allowed workers to grind the surface while standing. Goat’s milk was discovered to be an excellent sealant. Not only did it seal the floor, but it also created a shiny, wet looking surface

that mimicked the impressive shine of marble. The mixing and grinding process was done by hand with simple tools and grinding stones for centuries. After the introduction of industrial grinders in the 20th Century, the process of creating terrazzo became easier and more customizable. Terrazzo gained wide popularity in the mid-20th century as a way for architects and designers to create intricately designed, multi-colored, durable lowcost floors. Then, as today, the process of creating a terrazzo floor or other surface requires three steps. First, a solid, level concrete foundation is prepared. Second, a shallow layer of sandy concrete is applied. While this layer is still pliable, metal dividers are embedded to create the boundaries and joints for different colors and sections. Finally, the terrazzo mixture itself, composed of small chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other stone mixed with a binding agent, is poured. Once the terrazzo

Terrazzo floor in the Pioneer Courthouse, Portland, Oregon. Courtesy of Lee Ann Hill.



Terrazzo floor in the Reagan High School Building addition. Courtesy of Lee Ann Hill.

has cured, it is ground to expose the chips, then sealed and polished to create a uniform, smooth, high-shine surface. While new terrazzo floors are regularly created today, historic terrazzo floors are discovered and uncovered as well. In many courthouses and public buildings, terrazzo floors were covered by carpet and other materials beginning in the 1970s. After they are uncovered, these floors must be re-ground and re-sealed to display their original beauty. The process is time consuming and must be done with much care, but the results are worthy of the effort. At Reagan High School, Southern Tile & Terrazzo worked to refurbish the original terrazzo floors of the 1925 main building, and replicated their beauty in the newly poured terrazzo floors of the building addition. A terrazzo floor can also be seen in The Heritage Society’s 1905 Staiti House. Terrazzo’s rich history, full of interesting facts and stories, will be further unearthed at the next installment of The Heritage Society’s Building Arts Distinguished Lecture Series. To learn more about this ancient and modern day material, join The Heritage Society on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 7 pm in The Heritage Society Tea Room as Lee Ann Hill of the Southwest Terrazzo Association will present a lecture showcasing her knowledge and experience. For more information, visit www.


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JO COCHRAN 281.582.3961


TRISHA FLETCHER 281.582.3915


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September 2012- Absolutely Memorial Magazine  

Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Memorial Area, Texas.

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